Book Reviews by Today, I Read…

A Continuous Book Review and Vocabulary Assignment

Books by Rating

The list below is a compilation of the books I’ve read according to their ratings organized alphabetically according to title. The book’s title links will go directly to the reviews I’ve written.

Required Reading [A]

This is the highest rating a book can receive. It means the book belongs somewhere on your bookshelf. Period.

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  3. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  4. Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O’Dell
  5. Literacy and Longing in L.A. by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack (guest review)
  6. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  7. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


Worth Every Penny [B]

Even if you pay full list price for the book, it’s still worth it. [HC]: You’ll want to run out and grab a copy as soon as it’s available. [TPB]: You may want to wait until the soft-cover or trade paperback edition comes out and grab that.

  1. A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
  2. Afraid by Jack Kilborn
  3. Being Dead by Vivian Vande Velde
  4. Blacklisted by Gena Showalter
  5. Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson Bk. 2) by Patricia Briggs
  6. Bonechillers by D. W. Cropper
  7. Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot
  8. Broken by Karin Fossum
  9. Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
  10. Catching Fire (Hunger Games Bk. 2) by Suzanne Collins
  11. Dawn by Kevin Brooks
  12. Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell
  13. Dramacon by Svetlana Chmakova
  14. Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
  15. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter Bk. 2) by J. K. Rowling
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter Bk. 1) by J. K. Rowling
  17. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
  18. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  19. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
  20. Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville
  21. Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
  22. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
  23. Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, Bk 1) by Ilona Andrews
  24. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson Bk. 1) by Patricia Briggs
  25. Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh
  26. No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty
  27. Plain Kate by Erin Bow
  28. Rotters by Daniel Kraus
  29. Ruined by Paula Morris
  30. Siberia by Ann Halam
  31. Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet by Xinran Xue
  32. Soulless by Gail Carriger
  33. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
  34. Tales from the Odyssey Part 1 by Mary Pope Osborne
  35. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
  36. The Amulet Series (1-3) by Kazu Kibuishi
  37. The Clearing by Heather Davis
  38. The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny (guest review)
  39. The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Longsted
  40. The House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle
  41. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  42. The Impostor’s Daughter by Laurie Sandell
  43. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
  44. The Light (Morpheus Road, Bk 1) by D.J. MacHale
  45. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians Bk. 1) by Rick Riordan
  46. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett
  47. The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson
  48. The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell
  49. The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbitt
  50. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
  51. The Tarot Cafe (Vol. 1-4) by Sang-Sun Park
  52. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (book notes)
  53. Undiscovered Gyrl by Allison Burnett


Get It Used [C]

Although reading the book may be worthwhile, you may feel a sting if you have to pay full hardcover or TPB list price, so grab it secondhand (or new with a steep discount), or the discounted mass market paper back if you can.

  1. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  2. Abandon by Meg Cabot
  3. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
  4. Dark Eden by Patrick Carman
  5. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  6. Dating da Vinci by Malena Lott
  7. Defending Angels by Mary Stanton
  8. Don’t Open Your Eyes by Ann Halam
  9. Fallen by Lauren Kate
  10. Friends with Boys by Erin Faith Hicks (graphic novel)
  11. Hannah (Daughters of the Sea, Bk 1) by Kathryn Lasky
  12. Hollowland by Amanda Hocking
  13. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
  14. Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, Bk. 3) by Patricia Briggs
  15. Kin (The Good Neighbors, Bk. 1) by Holly Black
  16. Kith (The Good Neighbors, Bk. 2) by Holly Black
  17. Koko Be Good (graphic novel) by Jen Wang
  18. Lucinda, Darkly by Sunny Tan
  19. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  20. New Moon (Twilight, Bk. 2) by Stephenie Meyer
  21. Nightlife (Cal Leandros, Bk 1) by Rob Thurman
  22. Nightschool (Vol. 1-4) by Svetlana Chmakova
  23. Pharos: A Ghost Story by Alice Thompson
  24. Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
  25. Puppet Master by Joanne Owen
  26. Radiance by Alyson Noel
  27. Rumor Has It by Jill Mansell
  28. Stolen by Vivian Vande Velde
  29. The Devil’s Storybook by Natalie Babbitt
  30. The Devouring by Simon Holt
  31. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  32. The Gardener by S. A. Bodeen
  33. The Homecoming by Ray Bradbury
  34. The Lady Flees Her Lord by Michele Ann Young
  35. The Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher by David Allwand
  36. The Night Monster by James Swain
  37. The Seer of Shadows by Avi
  38. The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
  39. The Visitor by Ann Halam
  40. The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
  41. Thirst No. 1 by Christopher Pike
  42. Tithe by Holly Black
  43. Twilight (Twilight Saga, Bk 1) by Stephenie Meyer
  44. Wake by Lisa McMann
  45. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr


Save Your Money [D]

Definitely not classic literary material. In fact, paying any amount of money for the book would hurt. Find someone who is willing to give it to you free of charge or check it out at the library.

  1. Breaking Dawn (Twilight, Bk. 4) by Stephenie Meyer
  2. Eclipse (Twilight, Bk. 3) by Stephenie Meyer
  3. I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle
  4. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
  5. The Well by A. J. Whitten
  6. Trapped by Michael Northrop
  7. Uninvited by Amanda Marrone


Save Your Time [F or DNF]

This is the lowest of the low. After reading this book, you will probably feel compelled to write a letter to the publisher and author demanding they give you your time back. So, just avoid the drama and remorse by avoiding the book.

I’ve been blessed in my reading choices as I haven’t yet come across a book that was so eye-gouge worthy that I’ve felt a need to label it with a bit ol’ F or failed to finish it. Close, but not quite. knock wood.



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